Yesterday, I mentioned that Eastern Illinois University has approved a multimedia journalism class as a requirement for journalism majors beginning in Fall 2008. Below the fold, I’m posting the tentative course outline and some syllabus information for anyone who might want to take a look. Keep in mind that this is an introductory class. The goal is to give every student a rudimentary knowledge of different ways to tell stories with multimedia. From there, if they want to learn more, there are advanced classes. #
Students in the class are required to pay a lab fee, which will help with the purchase of necessary equipment. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. #
Intro to Multimedia Journalism #
An Introduction to basic elements of multimedia journalistic storytelling, including audio, video, slideshows, and online journalism formats. #
Students will be able to: #
- identify elements of multiple media used in journalistic storytelling.
- critically evaluate professional journalistic multimedia packages.
- produce audio story packages.
- produce video story packages.
- combine audio and still photographs to produce audio slideshows.
- demonstrate understanding of characteristics of online journalistic storytelling.
- produce stories for online news site.
Audio Package: 20%; Video Package: 20%; Weblog critiques: 10%; Exams: 15%; Final Multimedia Project: 30%; Attendance: 5% #
Course Outline #
Week 1: Introduction and Overview: What is multimedia journalism? Definition of terms, history of multimedia storytelling and how the Internet has changed journalism, challenges and opportunities, and the development of multimedia journalism within media industry #
Week 2: Conceptualizing multimedia stories: How to plan a story to incorporate several media in ways that are effective.
Storyboard development: Planning a multimedia project through the use of storyboarding – laying the story out visually
Week 3: Writing for the Web: How web stories differ from print; How web readers/viewers read stories; what is SEO and why it matters in headline writing. Hyperlinks: What are they? Why are they important? How to make them? What to link to? #
Week 4: Weblogs: What is a weblog; weblogging conventions â€š- blogrolls, posts, permalinks, traffic, conversation; setting up your own weblog. Implications of weblog use for journalists: Are weblogs journalism? Examples of professional journalists who blog; weblogs as watchdogs. #
Week 5: Basic audio storytelling techniques: What makes for good audio; definitions; examples of effective audio usage online.
Equipment use and technical specifications: How to use a digital audio recorder; microphone basics; terminology. #
Week 6: Audio (cont.): Importing and editing audio with computer software: options available, including Garageband, Audacity, and others; basic inferface conventions; basic editing; terminology; exporting. #
Week 7: Audio Slideshows: Combining audio and still photographs; planning the story; examples from industry; using Soundslides software package.
Best practices for audio slideshows: Do’s and don’ts; thinking about the viewer; captioning and titling. #
Week 8: Podcasting: easily distributing audio content online; definitions; how to set up a podcast; best practices; industry use and the future of podcasting. #
Week 9: Basic online video storytelling techniques: What makes for good video; definitions; examples of effective online video.
Quantity vs. quality: the newspaper online video debate, making the case for quality; making the case for quantity. #
Week 10: Video equipment: what to use and when to use it: Camera basics; purchasing a camera – what to look for; microphone usage; tripods; video recording formats. #
Week 11: Video editing for online journalism: Importing video to a computer; using iMovie as a basic video editor; discussion of higher-end editing software; basic editing techniques; do’s and don’ts; exporting a final video project.
Flash video encoding and embedding explained: What is Flash and why is it important for video? How to encode video using Flash software; How to embed a video onto a web page; best practices. #
Week 12: Legal concerns in multimedia journalism: Copyright and ownership; release forms and when to use them; slander. #
Week 13: Ethical concerns in multimedia journalism: Privacy; Manipulation of digital images, audio and video – what’s right and what’s wrong with this picture? #
Week 14: Usability: Making multimedia content easy to find on your news web site for the present and for the future; helping readers navigate a multimedia package once they find it. #
Week 15: Packaging the multimedia story: Putting all the pieces together in one package; how to bundle story pieces effectively; Testing a package before launch; Revising a site once it’s launched. ##